The Woodward Charitable Trust

The Woodward Charitable Trust provides small grants (£100–£5,000) and large grants (over £5,000) to small to medium-sized charities with an income of less than £300,000. Separately it provides children's summer playscheme grants (considered in April each year) for charities with an annual income of less than £100,000.

The Woodward Charitable Trust's grant-making focuses on:

  • Children and young people
  • Prisoners and ex-offenders
  • Disadvantaged women
  • Disability projects
  • Arts outreach work
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups

The trustees favour small-scale, locally based initiatives. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, but the trustees are also willing to fund core costs. Most grants are only for one year.


The Golsoncott Foundation

The Golsoncott Foundation supports projects that demonstrate and deliver excellence in the arts, in particular fine arts and music. This includes providing access to the arts for young people and developing new audiences. Grants vary according to context. They are not subject to an inflexible limit, but will not normally exceed £3,000 or be recurring.

The trustees meet on a quarterly basis to review applications.

The Golsoncott Foundation


Equality and Diversity Community Fund LBBD

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham (LBBD) organises a range of events and projects to celebrate and promote equality and diversity.

The Equality and Diversity Community Fund gives local charities and community groups a greater role in delivering events. These are events that relate to the Barking & Dagenham Equality and Diversity Calendar. The aim is to create new and engaging projects to benefit residents.

Projects should promote social inclusion, celebrate diversity, and support equality through providing opportunities for people with protected characteristics.

There are four funding windows, during the year, when you can apply. If you are not successful with your first application you are encouraged to apply again.

LBBD Equality and Diversity Community Fund


Porticus UK

Programme Areas:

  • Education
  • Society
  • Faith
  • Care

Grants of £10,000–25,000 to support organisations working with poor and marginalised people. Activities should reflect Christian responsibility and support for the Roman Catholic Church. Porticus does not accept unsolicited applications for funding. You are invited to send them a letter of introduction, after you have read their website and reviewed their criteria. They accept letters of introduction throughout the year.

Porticus UK


The Wakeham Trust

Grants to help people rebuild their communities. The Wakeham Trust normally gives grants to projects where an initial £125 to £2,500 can make a real difference. They can take risks and support unpopular causes in ways that big charities find hard to do.

They are particularly interested in:

  • Neighbourhood projects
  • Community arts projects
  • Projects involving community service by young people
  • Projects set up by those who are socially excluded

Recent grants have included:

  • Money management courses for young people
  • Helping teach English to refugees and immigrants who want to work in the social care sector
  • Drop-in cafe for 11–18-year-olds open after school
  • Patchwork quilting group for vulnerable adults and OAPs

The Wakeham Trust


The Percy Bilton Charity

Funding projects that help:

  • disadvantaged or underprivileged young people;
  • people with disabilities; or
  • older people 60+.

Groups can apply for a large grant £2,000–5,000 for capital expenditure, or a small grant up to £500.

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered at the next appropriate Board meeting. Applications for Small Grants are considered monthly.

The Percy Bilton Charity


Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund

The Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, run by the Museums Association, funds projects which develop collections to achieve social impact. Museums, galleries and heritage organisations can apply for a grant of between £20,000 and £120,000 for a project lasting up to three years.

There are two application rounds each year in March and September, with a short initial application form. The process from initial application to being awarded funds takes around four months.

Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund


London City Airport Community Fund

Small grants for charities and not-for-profit organisations to enable significant and positive change for communities near London City Airport. The London City Airport Community Fund concentrates on east London boroughs including Barking & Dagenham.

To qualify projects must focus on improving the quality of life by one of these four actions.

  1. Building stronger, safer and healthier communities
  2. Creating more sustainable and greener communities
  3. Raising aspirations of East Londoners
  4. Creating pathways into employment

Applications are considered four times a year, on a rolling basis. Grants range from £300 to £3,000.


Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants (replaces Tesco Bags of Help) is a community grant scheme offering small local grants. Groundwork administers the funding across the UK and manages the Tesco Community Grants website. To be eligible, the project must bring benefit to the local community. You can apply at any time. If you would like more information contact Farhana Aktar or 020 8762 0336. Projects are voted for by customers in Tesco stores. You can apply for up to £1,500.


The Rayne Foundation

This foundation aims to support work which is untried and tests new approaches, but has clear objectives. The Rayne Foundation favours work that could change the way issues are tackled in our society. It favours work that could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.

They will consider applications in the fields of:

  • Arts,
  • Health and wellbeing,
  • Education in its widest sense, and
  • Those that cover social issues.

Their focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society. Their aim to enable individuals to reach their full potential.

Within these broad criteria, they have a number of areas of special interest:

  • Young people’s improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people